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May 10, 1924

The Medical Work of the Near East Relief. A Review of Its Accomplishments in Asia Minor and the Caucasus during 1919-1920.

JAMA. 1924;82(19):1566. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650450078033

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When it was decided to send a relief expedition into Turkey after the armistice, it was at once evident that a medical organization was necessary. The original plans provided for fifteen hospital units, with enough additional supplies to provide for emergency hospitals when needed. It was planned to use missionary hospitals that already existed, but they were found to be virtually without equipment and unfit to use in some places until the buildings had been extensively repaired. The director of the medical arrangements in Turkey was Dr. George H. Washburn, who had been a resident in that country and knew the language and customs and needs of the people. While the armistice had been signed when this work was undertaken, the country was under military occupation, and it need not be said that medical relief work was performed under difficulties. This review is the story of the first year's work,

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